What would South Georgia look like if every local United Methodist church spent an entire day serving its community?
Hungry people would be fed.
Lonely people would find friends.
Schools could be beautified.
Rivers could be cleaned.
Homes could be repaired.
And so much more.
The Conference’s Discipleship Teams are hoping that the Annual Conference’s inaugural #ServeSouthGA volunteer day inspires congregations throughout South Georgia to move outside the church building and into their communities on March 23. If that day isn’t convenient, they hope church leaders can choose another day to serve.
“We want to intentionally bridge our churches and communities in real and tangible ways,” said Stacy Avera, chair of the Conference’s Nurture Team. “We want our communities to realize the United Methodist Church is present and a real, involved part of their community! There is an old saying that asks, ‘If your church ceased to exist, who would notice, besides the members?’ We want our churches to be vital parts of their communities so that they would be missed and so that the communities know our UMCs can be counted on!”
Designed for people of all ages, #ServeSouthGA allows people of faith to put their faith into action as they serve those in need in their own towns, neighborhoods, and communities.
The #ServeSouthGA webpage gives examples of volunteer opportunities and project ideas, has a downloadable media kit, and invites those who have participated in the service day to fill out a short form to share how they have served in their community.
Avera said that while the Discipleship Teams know #ServeSouthGA is only two months away, they hope that the planning tools and resources they’ve provided will help congregations feel confident to go out into their communities to serve.
“Sometimes we have to meet needs before we can share Jesus and His love with people,” she said. “It’s showing them the love of Christ.”